SHAINA CRAFT

Shaina lives and works in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She graduated with an MFA from The New York Academy of Art in 2015 and a BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art in 2011. Her work is primarily figurative and her obsession with the human form makes sure she never strays far from her favorite subject. Shaina works in oil and mixed media techniques on paper.
Shaina’s work has been shown at multiple galleries in New York, Pennsylvania, and Maryland: most notably, Dacia Gallery in NYC and Pentimenti Gallery in Philadelphia, as well as the Affordable Art Fair NYC with SaatchiArt. Her painting “Wonder” is currently on view at the Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art for their inaugural exhibition. She exhibited in a group show of drawings at Lacey & Phillips Gallery curated by InLiquid in early 2017. Shaina’s piece ‘Scatter’ won 3rd place at the Philadelphia Sketch Club’s Works on Paper exhibition in 2016. Her work was chosen for the MFA National Competition at First Street Gallery in NYC as well as the “Art of the State” exhibition at the PA State Museum in Harrisburg. Her work has been recognized by publications such as Juxtapoz, Curve Magazine, High Fructose, and Blisss Magazine.
She works primarily in oil and mixed media techniques on paper. Shaina’s artwork has been shown at multiple galleries in New York, Pennsylvania, and Maryland: most notably, Dacia Gallery in NYC and Pentimenti Gallery in Philadelphia, as well as the Affordable Art Fair NYC with SaatchiArt. She recently exhibited in a group show at Lacey & Phillips Gallery curated by InLiquid. Shaina’s piece ‘Scatter’ won 3rd place at the Philadelphia Sketch Club’s Works on Paper exhibition in 2016.
Her work was chosen for the MFA National Competition at First Street Gallery in NYC as well as the “Art of the State” exhibition at the PA State Museum in Harrisburg.
She creates figurative oil paintings and mixed media works on paper that synthesize contemporary and classical techniques. They contain an undulation between realism and abstraction created through gestural mark-making and layered glazing. She utilizes the idea of obfuscation to transform the figure into a strong, yet fragmented presence. Her aim is to merge the forms of the subject with the plasticity of the painted surface.
The images constantly shift to deny a window-like viewing of the piece and marry together illusion with the physical act of painting.
Her intent is the create a lush, visceral painting that people can connect to, and perhaps, feel themselves in. Her work grows from themes such as disappearance and the grotesque.

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